Submitted by Kathy Goul, Family & Consumer Science Agent
Registration is now open for A Matter of Balance, a new program being offered by K-State Research & Extension. A Matter of Balance is an evidence-based program designed to increase activity levels and improve balance, flexibility and strength while teaching practical skills in fall prevention.
The eight-session program meets weekly, where trained instructors cover how to set goals for increasing activity levels, teach exercises to increase balance, flexibility and strength and discuss steps to make changes to reduce fall risks at home. Each class meets for two hours.Weekly sessions begin Wednesday, March 20, and continue through Wednesday, May 8. Classes will be held each Wednesday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Mound City Christian Church, 418 Spruce Street in Mound City.
There is no fee for the class thanks to the generosity of a grant from the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging. Class size is limited.
“The statistics around falls are concerning,” said Kathy Goul, Family & Consumer Science Agent. “Not only do they have a potentially devastating impact on health, they also come with a hefty price tag. In older adults, one out of every five falls leads to a serious injury – with the average cost per fall at more than $30,000 per person.”
Typical participants are aged 65 and older, but registration is not limited to a specific age. Individuals wanting to improve balance, strength and flexibility, who are restricting activities because of falling concerns, or individuals who have fallen or are at risk for falls, regardless of age, are encouraged to participate in the program.
The classes will be led by K-State Research & Extension staff. For more information or to register for the program, call 913-795-2829.